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[kroo-shee-it, -eyt]
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  1. shaped like a cross; cross-shaped.
  2. Botany. having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard.
  3. Entomology. crossing diagonally when at rest, as the wings of certain insects.
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Origin of cruciate

1675–85; < New Latin cruciātus, equivalent to Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -ātus -ate1
Related formscru·ci·ate·ly, adverbpost·cru·ci·ate, adjective
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X, rood, cruciate

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British Dictionary definitions for cruciate


  1. shaped or arranged like a crosscruciate petals
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  1. informal
    1. short for cruciate ligament
    2. (as modifier)cruciate problems
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Derived Formscruciately, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin cruciātus, from Latin crux cross
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Word Origin and History for cruciate


"cross-shaped," from Modern Latin cruciatus, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) "cross" (see cross (n.)). Obsolete meaning "tormented" is 1530s, from Latin cruciat-, past participle stem of cruciare "cause pain or anguish to," literally "crucify," from crux.

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cruciate in Medicine


  1. Having the form of a cross, as in certain ligaments of the knee.
  2. Arranged in or forming a cross, as for a bandage.
  3. Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.
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